June 24, 2003

Manuscript Revision

I started the revision of A Difficult Dinner today. It's harder than I thought it would be. I'm using the system that Holly Lisle presents on her webpage, One-Pass Manuscript Revision. The woman is just a fountain of good, solid writing advice.

Anyway, the hardest part today was doing the basic discovery part of the process. See I hadn't really put that much thought into it when I started writing, so I had to reverse engineer all this. Here's what I came up with.

A DIFFICULT DINNER

Theme:
Love lost and duty realized; the personal cost of saving the world.

Sub-Themes:
Vengeance is a hollow victory.
Bad things happen to good people.
Perseverance trumps power in the long run.

What is the Book about:
Tragic hero hunts feudal vampires amongst the ruins of a depressed future.

Story Arc:
Thane battles vampires, the ghosts of his past, and the lure of love, while destabilizing the vampire hierarchy and losing his charge.

Main Characters: (This was easy)
Roderick Thane, Sherice, Matthias, Olivia, and Demarco.

The Story:
Thane dismissed the ranting of what he could only deem a crazy man, until his wife became a blood sucking fang and killed their family. Now, six years later, he’s still hunting the beasts. Alone now, with grim determination he stalks the hunters. They know he’s coming, but a strange truce with one of them gives him the inside scoop on their daytime resting places. Easy enough, except that now he’s got one fang in his mind, one fang chasing his friend’s son, and one that seems to be aware of his actions and is a bit unhappy about it. Thane needs to figure out why the vampires would give up one another, keep the boy from harm, and avoid the bite of those who would stop him. In the end, he may get dragged before the throne of the most powerful fang he’s ever encountered, but he’ll make damn sure he’s not an easy dinner.

I chewed through the first three chapters today. That's only 45 pages, but I only ended up with 7 pages that aren't bleeding red ink. I'll keep at it and let you know how it goes right here, so keep reading. Later.